A Tale of Wrong Info and No Info in Parliament

From wrong info to no info, it’s a sorry tale of what takes place within the hallowed halls of Singapore’s Parliament.

During the Jan 10 sitting, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan was giving an account to Parliament on how an MRT train ran into a stationary train at Joo Koon Station last November. He said the driver faced a dire situation where he had to switch from automatic mode to manual mode before he could apply the emergency brakes.

Workers’ Party NCMP Dennis Tan asked Khaw to clarify if the train’s emergency brakes could only work on manual mode. Khaw said: “I’m not perfectly sure, but I’ll check.”  He later corrected himself – emergency brakes could indeed be applied even when the trains are in automatic mode.

Khaw surely did not set out to mislead but he was sloppy, giving wrong information on a simple matter of fact. Perhaps it was due to the sleepless nights he’s been having, weighed down by SMRT issues – as he recounted to Parliament recently.

While Khaw’s was a case of wrong info, the Parliament session two days earlier, on Jan 8, was a case of no info. The Workers’ Party had filed a number of questions on the issue of illegal bribes made by Keppel to secure projects in Brazil. In response to two questions, Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance Indranee Rajah simply said: I do not have that information.

The first instance was regarding a question on former Keppel CEO Choo Chiau Beng, who was Singapore’s Ambassador to Brazil from 2004 to 2016. The question: Was he removed from the post because he had knowledge of, or was involved, in the bribery? Indranee said she did not have the info.

She was then asked the name of the Keppel Offshore & Marine subsidiary in Singapore cited by US Department of Justice for paying bribes of US$17 million to an entity in Miami, Florida. Indranee again said she did not have the info.

How inexplicable! This is despite the fact that Parliamentary questions are generally filed in advance so answers could be adequately prepared.

With such goings-on, it’s easy to see why the government has repeatedly turned down requests for Parliamentary proceedings to be telecast or streamed live.

 

Augustine Low

 

 

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26 Responses to “A Tale of Wrong Info and No Info in Parliament”

  • HarderTruths:

    The function of Parliament has no reality. It is a place to pretend something is being done to address a bogus issue to cover up some real cock-up that was implemented by the Village Idiot so that a Bunch of Clowns dancing around can suck more money from the people, the majority of whom voted for the Idiot and Clowns in the first place.

    Sad.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    When the answer is embarrassing to the PAP the answer will be “I have not info ….”.

    When the Minister doesn’t have the answer the PAP’s minister will answer “What do you think?”.

    I would like to ask Minister Khaw “Does a plane has brake during flight?”.

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  • The Rot Start From The Top:

    Ms Indranee had told the parliament a half truth and half lies story. It is very clear that her intention is to deceive the citizens, that PAP leaders are not aware of the corruption that had taken place for more than a decade. These shameless nation’s leaders are like a scamming team, all out to conduct cheating and deceiving citizens.

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  • Maxchewy:

    They are all doing their best however shameless to hang on to their powers and million$$$ salaries and bonuses as Long as they can. Till they are forced to resign somehow or voted out at the nextGE 2020.
    What a shameful bunch of white-dressed Hypocrites we have in Parliament. No more credibility!
    But I suppose it’s only human weakness to survive to do so.
    MC
    14.1.18

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  • N.Jungne:

    Aiyah nowadays these Meanisters are all MM(mulut Menteries). cakap sejah.

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  • Opps are pushovers:

    Seems like they dont take the opps seriously.
    …so opps should press on and put them in a debate mode.
    Not just sit back down and keep quite like little kids in a classroom!.
    No wonder opps are treated as pushovers.
    Come on WP..many of you are brilliant guys so rise to the occasion next time or ship out.

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  • "Clear the (PAP) swamp":

    This clearly shows that there is a compelling reason to “clear the swamp” called Parliament by throwing out the arrogant, self-serving, incompetent and pro-alien PAP at the next GE.

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  • hot air:

    If the female clown have ‘no infor’ she should have shut the f^*k up and be seated on the parliament bench!!

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  • MarBowling:

    SMOS IndraKneeJerk said she didn’t have info to the 2 important questions being asked by WP. Why? Because No kind soul has the due diligence to form a Secret COMMITEE to investigate and look into the KOM-gate, unlike the Secret Committee which was formed by some concerned and kind Ministers and Gang to THOROUGHLY investigate and look into the demolition of the HoLee house at 38 Oxley Road! Remember vividly SMOS IndraKneeJerk was one of the smokeperson oops spokesperson who dealt expensively on the Lee Kayu FAMILEE saga!

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  • Zorro:

    Aren’t these people touted as ‘top talents’ that have to be adequately compensated so that they don’t get corrupted and can hold their heads up high when dealing with other successful people ?
    Or am I wrong about them ?

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  • AMKTC Case Drags Too Long.....:

    Public is getting suspicious and is wondering why it takes so long to investigate a simple case and you can’t really blame them!

    Deal with it promptly to prevent unnecessary gossips or fake news from being generated.

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  • Calling A Deer A Horse:

    Both KBW and Indranee would have shot down or fired in the corporate world for such sloppiness and beating around the bush. They are so lucky to have an equally incompetent boss, all at taxpayers’ expenses.

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    Stream live !!! …….. and expose, for all to see, just how pitiful, the standard and quality of the exchanges that takes place. It’d be humiliation and disgrace of monumental magnitudes, given that “these lot” are the highest paid ministers on the living planet, touted as the “cream” of SG, and they’ve had the bloody questions in advance !!!

    So, yes ……… stream it live, unedited and uninterrupted, and let us all watch, listen and applaud at just how appallingly inept these ministers are at elementary exchanges.
    ***
    *****

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  • Powerless:

    But generally a true pinky dotter dare not question nor demand from their servants.

    Powerless and HELPLESS.

    This is why Everyday they say Boh Bian to everything political.

    The pinkies cannot afford Democracy because they DARE NOT HAVE IT.

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  • TUCK WAN:

    TV only show what Piglets want you to see. All questions must be filed in advance. No excuse to say ‘ No information ‘. Just like questions given in advance before examination and candidate answer – ‘Blank’.

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  • Wee:

    The PAP is a disgrace. Our Parliament has become a useless wayang show. What a waste of time and resources.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Zorro:
    Aren’t these people touted as ‘top talents’ that have to be adequately compensated so that they don’t get corrupted and can hold their heads up high when dealing with other successful people ?
    Or am I wrong about them ?

    Is this the reason why nobody spoke to SG’s PM during the gathering in last year G20 submit? In the video he was so lonely looking lost sitting at the dinner table, while everyone else was chatting with one others.

    Was it due to his highest paid amongst them that nobody spoke to him???!!

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  • Remy:

    Might as well do away with Parliament sessions… Either no answers or wrong info. PAP MPs all dumb asses!

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  • roy:

    This is from the facebook of MP Faisal – WP MP for Kaki Bukit Division.

    “Individual X loses a General Election. He is his political party’s branch chairman in the constituency he contested. He is also appointed to concurrently be an advisor to the grassroots organisations in that constituency by a statutory board, the People’s Association.

    Individual X visits residents with the staff of another statutory board (e.g. HDB), inviting residents to visit him at his Meet-the-People Session (MPS). His MPS is held in his political party branch office, during which he uses a political party’s letterhead and signs off on appeal letters as the branch chairman of that party.”

    The RCs of the various division also started putting up pictures of the Grassroot Advisers all around Hougang and Aljunied GRC. It shows the quality of Grassroot Advisers and members of the PAP. It shows the integrity of such people who will be representing Singapore as leaders of our dear country Singapore

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  • 陈大婶:

    Why ? OBVIOUSLY , IndraLee .

    MarBowling:
    SMOS IndraKneeJerk said she didn’t have info to the 2 important questions being asked by WP. Why? Because No kind soul has the due diligence to form a Secret COMMITEE to investigate and look into the KOM-gate, unlike the Secret Committee which was formed by some concerned and kind Ministers and Gang to THOROUGHLY investigate and look into the demolition of the HoLee house at 38 Oxley Road! Remember vividly SMOS IndraKneeJerk was one of the smokeperson oops spokesperson who dealt expensively on the Lee Kayu FAMILEE saga!

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  • Bapak:

    She must be living in the Dark Side.

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  • Bo tio?:

    This is what lawyers called play dumb! TIo bo??

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  • rukidding:

    Face it lah,….Singapore, without the Late Dr Goh Keng Swee’s level of Sincerity,Honesty. Responsibility , Integrity and and Love and Concerns for its people ……will NEVER BE THE SAME again !

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  • rukidding:

    Lol !…….the other fool….Grace Fool was probably only more interested in wanting to “make the oppo look silly”….by insisting on an apology for something that could “possibly” been “corrected”????

    These Pimps and prostitute are just interested in making themselves look good.

    What a fake Leeder !

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  • If Your MP is always absent...:

    If your elected MP seldom attend Parliament Sitting or sign in and sign out only, then better vote in someone who will always be in Parliament to speak on your behalf!

    Voters want genuine MPs who are there to serve and not there to collect the 16k allowance only!

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  • oxygen:

    NO MATTER WHAT TALE -whether long or short or wrong information or no information – were told in the House of the Most Expensive but Mostly Useless Decorations, it is in the public interest that TEMASEK HOLDINGS (as the largest single shareholder with more than 20% stake) sue Keppel Corp for the recovery of the massive losses via the exception to the Foss vs Harbottle rule.

    Indranee as a brilliant corporate lawyer must be well versed in the application of this common law application.

    Why haven’t she suggest and propose in that House of such an avenue of suing in the court to force Keppel Corp to come fully clean?

    Remember Temasek Holdings is managing our SWF – it is public money invested in an entity in which money/property belonging to all shareholders (which Teamsek Holdings is the largest shareholder) were given illegally away and massive fine paid for the revelation of this protracted well-orchestrated corruption.

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